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Sinkhole session (NH 8.6) at EGU 2012
we would like to draw your attention on the following forthcoming
Scientific Session on Sinkholes at the General Assembly of EGU in
Vienna, next April:
Session NH8.6 "Sinkholes: from susceptibility to risk evaluation and
mapping" at EGU General Assembly (Vienna, 22-27 April 2012)
Convened by: Mario Parise, Giulio Iovine, Stefania Nisio
Sinkholes are widespread in many countries of the world, in several geological and morphological settings, affecting distinct lithotypes either in the detrital cover sequences or in bedrock outcrops. In particular, some phenomena develop in geomorphological context characterized by plain areas and notable detrital coverages, either made of sediments or colluvial or residual terrains, thick even tens to hundreds of meters. In some cases, the genetic mechanisms are poorly understood; they can be quite complex and appear not directly connected with classical karstic processes. The recent urban development and the increasing need of spaces for infrastructures in areas potentially affected by sinkholes require a better comprehension in terms of related susceptibility, hazard and risk. The session aims to stimulate the discussion on the state-of-the-art of the studies on the mentioned topic, with special regard to sinkholes in plain not-karstic areas. Analyses of genetic mechanisms, methodological examples of investigation, and case studies are welcome, as well as description of techniques for evaluating susceptibility, hazard and risk.
Note: A selection of studies presented at this session will be considered for publication in a special issue of a relevant international journal.
For info on how to submit an Abstract see this page.
or go directly at the sessions page, choose Session NH8.6, and press "Abstract submission"
The deadline for the submission of Abstracts is 17 January 2012.
In case any technical questions arise, please contact us.
For any questions relevant to the Session organization please do not
hesitate to contact me
We hope to see you in Vienna!
Mario Parise and co-conveners
by Speleogenesis News Manager on 16 Aug, 2014
Dr Rodrigo Lopes Ferreira of Brazil has announced the launch of the website of the Center of Studies on Subterranean Biology The address is: wwwbiologiasubterraneacombr There you will find information on main projects and papers, with lots of photos. ...
by George Veni on 07 Aug, 2014
For the past several years the US Geological Survey has worked on developing a new karst map of the USA Today they have released the map at: http://dxdoiorg/103133/ofr20141156 Unlike the previous version from 1984, you can download this report and its maps digitally, but you can also download the map for display in GIS and Google Earth software Additionally, the metadata (information sources) are digitally available The authors, Dave Weary and Dan Doctor, plan to accept comments on this work, acquire other data, and then supersede it within a few years with a more formal series of maps, including printed paper maps To send comments and for more information, visit the website above Please send this message to anyone who may be interested George ******************** George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute 400-1 Cascades Avenue Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA. ...
by Matthew Covington on 01 Aug, 2014
This is the announcement of a Friends of Karst (FOK) meeting planned for this fall in Arkansas Most of you are familiar with FOK meetings held every year at GSA However, there is an older tradition of FOK meetings that consist of a few days of camping, talks, field trips, and caving I was unaware of this tradition myself until a couple of years ago when Albert Ogden hosted such a meeting To carry on this tradition of karst scientists gathering in an informal setting to share what we're working on and interact in the field, I am hosting a FOK meeting from September 17-21 near the Buffalo River in Arkansas We have a fabulous location near the confluence of the Buffalo and Little Buffalo Rivers in the heart of one of Arkansas' best caving areas You can register at the following link, and will find more information there More information will follow later to those who register, but also feel free to ask me if you have any specific questions or think a critical piece of info is missing from the registration site Due to the constraints of our meeting site, and a desire to keep the meeting small and encourage interaction, there are a limited number of spaces available So sign up soon if you want to assure yourself a spot I am sure I have missed some folks I should have included in this invitation, so feel free to send it on to people you think would be interested Matt ------------------------- Matt Covington Assistant Professor Department of Geosciences University of Arkansas Ozark Hall Fayetteville, AR 72701 webpage - http://wwwspeleophysicscom/ mcoving@uarkedu. ...
by Speleogenesis News Manager on 29 Jul, 2014
Physical Hydrogeologist; Assistant Professor of Geology West Virginia University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Geology & Geography beginning August 2015 We seek applications from individuals with interests in basic and applied aspects of fluid flow in the critical zone and/or deeper regimes The successful applicant will possess demonstrable expertise in study of subsurface fluid flow and/or transport processes that may be applied to competitively-funded research problems Requirements include a PhD or equivalent degree in geology or a related field, potential to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program, and potential for excellent teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels Qualified applicants should submit to hydrogeo@mailwvuedu a single PDF file including: 1) statement of research interests; 2) statement of teaching philosophy; 3) curriculum vitae; and 4) list of 3 potential references Review of applications will commence on November 15 and continue until a successful candidate is identified For additional information, please see http://pagesgeowvuedu/hydrogeo or contact the search chair Dorothy J Vesper at djvesper@mailwvuedu WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. ...
by George Veni on 28 Jul, 2014
I am happy to announce the call for abstracts for the 14th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst Generally known as “The Sinkhole Conference,” for 30 years this conference series has been the premier conference for all aspects of karst geoscience and related engineering and environmental issues—and not just sinkholes The next Sinkhole Conference will be held in Rochester, Minnesota, on 5-9 October 2015, and jointly organized with the Minnesota Groundwater Association It should be an exceptional meeting! The Sinkhole Conference has a permanent website at the easy-to-remember address: http://wwwsinkholeconferencecom/ Bookmark and visit it for information on how to submit an abstract, find the deadline for the full papers, and other information, includes the proceedings of the 13th Sinkhole Conference for free download Also, visit our new “Destination” tab, which has a lot of great Information on Rochester, transportation, hotels, maps, dining, etc George ******************** George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute. ...
by Barbara Mahler on 10 Jul, 2014
Greetings Fellow Karstologues, Do you have recent research on karst or fissured aquifers, ripe for the presenting? Bring it to session 2884 at the AGU fall meeting this December in San Francisco! The 2014 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (http://fallmeetingaguorg/2014/), will be held December 15-19, 2014 The abstract submission site is now open -- the deadline to submit an abstract is August 6 The fall AGU meeting is the largest worldwide conference in geophysical sciences This exciting international meeting is held in one of the world's most vibrant and beautiful cities Don't miss out! Session ID: 2884 Session Title: Multiscale hydrological, geochemical, biological response of fissured/karst aquifers Best regards, Barbara Mahler, PhD, PG Research Hydrologist USGS Texas Water Science Center See Speleogenesis Calendar for details of the karst session. ...
by Speleogenesis News Manager on 25 Jun, 2014
The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professor level positions in Hydrology and one in Geochemistry For the hydrology positions, we seek candidates with interests in flow and transport in porous media, hyporheic zone studies, karst hydrology, hydrogeomechanics, isotope hydrology, or aqueous geochemistry For exceptionally well-qualified hydrology candidates an appointment at the Associate Professor level will be considered For the geochemistry position, we seek candidates with interests in igneous petrochemistry (especially volcanic rocks), metamorphic petrology, sedimentary geochemistry, geochemistry of ore deposits, and radiogenic isotope geochemistry Potential for excellence in teaching and research are the most important qualifications Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, a statement of teaching and research interests, one representative publication, and the names of three references to Hydrology Search, Human Resources, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Pl, Socorro, New Mexico 87801 College transcripts will be required if selected to interview Review of application material will begin on October 1, 2014 The search will remain open until the position is filled Email applications are not accepted New Mexico Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer Applicants should have a PhD in Earth Science, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a related field at the time of appointment Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply For inquiries, contact Hydrology search committee chair, Mark Person (mperson@nmtedu), or the Geochemistry search committee chair, Fred Phillips (phillips@nmtedu) NOTES: 3 openings Read more about these positions on the AGU Career Center, search “Assistant Professors of Hydrology and Geochemistry” http://careersaguorg/jobs/6294148/assistant-associate-professorship-positions-in-hydrology-and-geochemistry ******************** George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute. ...
by John Gunn on 17 Jun, 2014
by John Gunn on 17 Jun, 2014
Volumes of the journal "Cave & Karst Science" (Transactions of the British Cave Research Association) from 1974 to 2005 are now available as free downloads at http://bcraorguk/pub/candks/cataloguehtml To view more recent volumes go to http://bcraorguk/pub/candks/indexhtml There is normally an annual fee to access this content but BCRA Council have agreed to provide free access for 1 month to encourage scientists to read past papers and, hopefully, to take out a subscription to support future publications So, if you would like to read David Lowe's latest paper on Inception Horizons ("Geological influences on cave origin and development in the Yorkshire Dales, UK"; issue 41(1), 2014) or Trevor Faulkners detailed discussion of flow hydraulics in karst conduits ("Speleogenesis and scallop formation and demise under hydraulic control and other recharge regimes"; issue 40(3), 2013) go to the web site, click on the padlock and you will be taken to a site where you can either subscribe to the journal or obtain a free 1 month subscription that will allow you to download the papers Best wishes, John Professor John Gunn Limestone Research Group School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences University of Birmingham. ...
by Alexander Klimchouk on 08 Jun, 2014
I’d like to draw attention to a recently published blog post of Derek Ford that provides, from the today’s perspective, a thorough review of arguments pro and contra for the Four-State model of cave genesis in the dimensions of length and depth It contains a critique of ""Looping caves” versus “water table caves": The role of base-level changes and recharge variations in cave development" (Gabrovsek, Häuselmann and Audra, 2014) and opens an informal discussion on many relevant aspects On behalf of the UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis, I kindly invite interested researchers to participate in this discussion in the Speleogenesis Blog Registered members of the Speleogenesis Network may post their comments/replies to the Derek’s blog post, or start their own blogs offering opinions, discussions and information on any aspects of karst and cave science Alexander Klimchouk. ...
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Speleology in Kazakhstan
Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko") There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there Site's language is Russian Welcome! --Aleksandr Shakalov. ...
New publications on hypogene speleogenesis
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi, Sandro International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 35-55 Speleogenetic effects of interaction between deeply derived fracture-conduit and intrastratal matrix flow in hypogene karst settings Klimchouk, AB, Tymokhina, EI, Amelichev, GN International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 37-55 Hypogenic contribution to speleogenesis in a predominant epigenic karst system: A case study from the Venetian Alps, Italy Tisato Nicola, Sauro Francesco, Bernasconi Stefano M , Bruijn Rolf H C , De Waele Jo Geomorphology, 2012, Vol 151, p 156-163 L’altération de type "fantôme de roche" : processus, évolution et implications pour la karstification Quinif Yves, Bruxelles Laurent Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, 2011, Vol 4 You can download these publications following the links to PDF files on respective original websites As a part of collaboration within the HypoKarst, we suggest that the project members inform each other about their own and other published works relevant to the topic An easy way to do this, and generally promote the readership for your papers, is to submit publications to the KarstBase through the online submission form (One needs to be registered to access the form) By including words “hypogene” or “hypogenic” in the keywords (if they are not present within the title), you’ll make the publication appearing in the respective search selection that represens current bibliography on hypogene karst/speleogenesis Check this link regularly if you want to stay updated on current publications in the field Best wishes! Sincerely, --Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky, HypoKarst Project coordinators. ...
The deepest terrestrial animal
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto Reviews of the genera Schaefferia Absolon, 1900, Deuteraphorura Absolon, 1901, Plutomurus Yosii, 1956 and the Anurida Laboulbène, 1865 species group without eyes, with the description of four new species of cave springtails (Collembola) from Krubera-Voronya cave, Arabika Massif, Abkhazia Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 5 (2012) 35–85 DOI: follow this link (information supplied by Sofia Reboleira). ...
Caves - landscapes without light
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals Several interactive installations are available as well as audiovisual room presenting current state of the art in current research findings 28 spectacular Austrian caves are presented Important goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate how Vienna is supplied by drinking water from karst areas. ...